We would like to inform you that, following today's edition, our weekly GCCN Newsletter will start to be issued every two weeks. For the month of June, the deadlines for submitting your events are Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 22nd.
Please make sure you submit your event in time by emailing email@example.com.
City Development Plan Follow-up Meeting With City Councillors June 1st, 2021
Following a very productive process of consultation in relation to the Galway City Development Plan2023-2029 to date, GCCN intends to maintain the momentum and levels of interest generated in the community and to that end, will be hosting a follow-up meeting with the Galway City Councillors on Tuesday, June 1st at 6.30pm to continue collaborative discussions on the City Development Plan 2023 – 2029.
Biodiversity Projects Funding Granted to Local Authorities
The Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, has recently announced that all 31 Local Authorities have received funding under The National Biodiversity Local Authority Biodiversity Grant Scheme. An amount of €1.35 million has been made available in 2021 for this scheme, which is operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The scheme offers funding to assist local authority biodiversity officers (and heritage officers in local authorities without a biodiversity officer ) with the implementation of projects that promote actions contained in the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) 2017-2021. This year the funding was double that of 2020. Read more here.
Applications for funding under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) for 2021 are now invited from interested community groups and organisations in Galway City from May 26th until June 18th, 2021.
The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2021 aims to provide funding to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas/communities. This iteration of the programme will provide grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar to previous years) and one-off grants towards costs associated with reopening of a facility or the sustainability of a facility.
Applications have opened for a €10 million fund designed to support community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises, which have suffered as a result of the pandemic. More information about this fund is available on the Pobal website here.
NCBI's National Advocacy Network For people who are blind or vision impaired
NCBI would like to promote their advocacy network to people who are blind, or vision impaired, in the Galway community. By joining one of NCBI's Local Advocacy Networks and/or signing up for regular updates on the NCBI National Advocacy Network mailing list you can get involved in positive change for people who are blind, or vision impaired at a local and national level. To join a Local Advocacy Network near you and sign up for the National Advocacy Network please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01 830 7033 and ask for the Advocacy Team. See further details here.
Insurance Reform : Community Benefits to Date ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM
Since 24th April, when the new judicial guidelines on personal injury damages were implemented in Ireland, insured organisations are entitled to expect the cost of their liability and motor insurance policies to drop significantly on renewal.
ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM states that the new guidelines, signed off by the Judicial Council in March, do not deliver the 80% reduction in minor injury damages that is necessary to bring us close to comparable jurisdictions. But the estimated 50% reduction delivered is nonetheless significant. Insurance premiums are based on future risk and every accident that happened since April 24th plus the majority of claims that were in the pipeline at that date will be subject to the new guidelines, so the risk associated with every new liability or motor policy in Ireland has dropped significantly and that should be reflected in the price of those policies.
Now that one month has passed since the new guidelines were implemented, ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM are asking PPN members to let them know whether the benefits of the reform have been passed on – has their insurance premium reduced on renewal?
ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE REFORM invites you to take the 1-minute survey at the link below to track what has happened to policyholders whose policy renewed in the last month.
Deputy Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Colette Connolly, is encouraging young people to use their creative talents in the city on Saturday the 12th of June for Cruinniú na nÓg, the National Day of Creativity for Young People. Having listened to what children and young people would like to see for Cruinniú, climate change was chosen as the theme in the City this year. Many of the free events are incorporating elements of sustainability, recycling, utilizing the natural and built environment, as well as encouraging creative solutions to climate change and using their imaginations.
Full details of all events will be on the Creative Ireland Galway City Facebook page.
Full details for all events around the country for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at www.creativeireland.gov.ie Read more here.
Tai Chi Thursdays open to everyone in the LGBT community
From June 3rd, for 4 weeks, joi Eileen on Thursdays at 8pm for Tai Chi, meditation and relaxation practices.
Classes are free and open to everyone in the LGBT community.
Booking is essential and can be done by emailing email@example.com or calling Helen on 089 4132756. See the event flyer here.
Fr. Griffin's / Éire Óg GAA will be starting the 'Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others' games on Monday, June 7th at 6pm.
The G4M&O initiative sees women playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun and social environment. It is a non-competitive recreational form of Ladies Gaelic Football, welcoming women who currently do not play any form of competitive club football and would like to play.
All G4M&O training sessions are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of our game, developing social skills and providing an opportunity for women to be physically active.
For enquiries contact Nicola on 0863145598.
A big shout out to all our friends of African descent continuing the Africa Day 2021 celebrations this coming Saturday, 29th May. Africa Day falls on 25th May each year and aims to celebrate African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.
African United Galway (AUG) are planning a virtual celebration of Africa Day 2021, showcasing the diversities of cultural beauty that Africa possess that are present here in Galway. The virtual event will also highlight the diversities of community contributions of various Africans to the society we live in. The virtual celebration will take place online on 29th May 2021, broadcasted live via Facebook and also shared on Instagram and Twitter.
The Galway African Diaspora is organising a virtual Africa Day 2021 event which will virtually bring together people from African descent and the local Galway community through music and performances from local community members. The virtual event will take place online on 29th May 2021 from 5pm – 9pm, broadcast on Facebook and also shared on social media.
Six States Revoked From the List of Designated States
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has removed further sixi states from the list of designated States for mandatory hotel quarantine. The states are Andorra, Georgia, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nigeria and Puerto Rico.
All travellers into Ireland must have a negative pre-departure test and those from non-designated countries must observe ‘Home Quarantine’. A full list of designated States is available here. Read more here.
The Galway City Community Call Helpline New Flyer GraphicsThe helpline is open to anyone who needs it, seven days a week.
If you need support or help to get access to shopping, food, medication or if you feel isolated or lonely and need someone to talk to, please get in touch at:
1800 400 150 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the new graphics for the Community Call for Galway City, for your information and onwards circulation and promotion:
The Keep Well campaign provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can add healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines around five simple actions: keeping active, keeping in contact, switching off and getting creative, eating well and minding your mood
As part of the ongoing work of the Galway City Community Response Forum, Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council have developed a map of the COVID-19 related responses, activities and services available to people in Galway City.
The map is publicly available and can be used as a useful information resource both for individuals made vulnerable by COVID-19 and by organisations or agencies that need to know where they may refer their clients to for support.